24. The reason due to which Rasool-Allah (saww) did not use to Pray two Cycles whilst seated, after Al-Isha the last, and he (saww) ordered for it

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حدثنا علي بن احمد قال: حدثنا محمد بن أبي عبد الله عن موسى بن عمران عن عمه الحسين بن يزيد عن علي بن أبي حمزة عن أبي بصير عن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فلا يبيتن إلا بوتر. قال قلت يعنى الركعتين بعد العشاء الآخرة قال نعم انهما بركعة فمن صلاهما ثم حدث به حدث الموت مات على وتر فان لم يحدث به حدث الموت يصلى الوتر في آخر الليل فقلت له هل صلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله هاتين الركعتين؟ قال لا قلت ولم قال لان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله كان يأتيه الوحي وكان يعلم أنه هل يموت في هذه الليلة أو لا، وغيره لا يعلم فمن أجل ذلك لم يصلهما وأمر بهما.

1. Ali Bin Ahmad narrated to us, from Muhammad Bin Abu Abdullah, from Musa Bin Imran, from his uncle Al Husayn Bin Yazeed, from Ali Bin Abu Hamza, from Abu Baseer, Abu Abdullah (asws) has said: ‘The one who was a believer in Allah (azwj) and the Last Day, so he should not pass the night except with ‘Witr’ (Solitary Cycle of Prayer)’. I said, ‘Meaning the two Cycles after Al-Isha the last?’ He (asws) said: ‘Yes. These two are one Cycle, so the one who Prays these two, then there occurs with him the occurrence of death, would die upon (having Prayed) ‘Witr’, and if there does not occur with him the occurrence of death, he should Pray ‘Al-Witr’ in the last part of the night’. So I said to him (asws), ‘Did Rasool-Allah (saww) Pray these two Cycles?’ He (asws) said: ‘No’. I said, ‘And why?’ He (asws) said: ‘Because Rasool-Allah (saww), the Revelation used to come unto him (saww), and he (saww) used to know whether he (saww) would be passing away during this night or not, and others, they do not know. Thus, it is due to that, he (saww) did not Pray these two (Cycles), and ordered for these two (to be Prayed)’.